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Man to jump off building over from my office

We had someone threatening to throw themselves of the build over from us yesterday. We could see it all from our kitchen window. I watched it unfold for for a bit from our kitchen window on the 31st floor.There were 6 police officers and a negotiator trying to talk him down. Burke St outside our office was shut down. After about 5 mins of nothing really happening I decided that either nothing was going to happen for ages or he would jump. I decided I didn’t really want to see either so I stopped and went back to work. When I went out for lunch there was a huge crowd of onlookers on the street. Above is a picture of my office (its the big grey building on left). The “jumper” was on a building opposite.

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UPDATE 2.25pm: ONLOOKERS cheered as man talked down from a building’s rooftop after CBD streets blocked for more than two hours.

Negotiators brought the incident to an end about 1.20pm today, after tense scenes on the rooftop of the seven-storey building today.

Emergency crews raced to the scene near the corner of Hardware lane just before 11am.

The incident brought traffic to a standstill between Hardware lane and Queen St in both directions, forcing trams, motor traffic and pedestrians to be diverted around the scene.

About five police officers, including negotiators, were seen on the roof of the building as they talked to the man.

At least four police cars blocked the streets at the height of the drama as hundreds of office workers watched the scene with bated breath.

Their relief was obvious as cheers erupted from neighbouring buildings as the man was taken into protective custody.

He is understood to have been treated by paramedics a short time later.

Social networks were buzzing with the incident this afternoon, with office workers taking pictures of the scene, and alerting their colleagues. Source the Herald Sun

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